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Simulation of a Process Unit for the Recovery of Light Ends from Natural Gas Mixture

Simulation of a process unit for the recovery of light ends from natural gas was carried out in this study by considering a three stage process column. The three stage process column was designed and simulated for the recovery of methane, ethane and propane from natural gas mixture respectively. The unit operations adopted in achieving these separations were de-methanizer column for absorption of methane and distillation unit using de-ethanizer column for ethane and de-propanizer column for propane recovery respectively. The process was imulated using Aspen Hysys and the result obtained showed 98% recovery of methane from de-methanizer column, 97.7% of ethane from de-ethanizer column and 94.7% of propane obtained from de-propanizer column respectively. Functional parameters effects such as variations of temperature, pressure, molecular weight and flow were investigated in the three stage separator (De-methanizer, De-ethanizer and De-propanizer). In addition, methane was obtained from de-methanizer column at temperature of -92.69°C, pressure of 2275KPa, flow rate of 1322Kgmole/h and molecular weight of 16.37g/mole, ethane was obtained from de-ethanizer column at temperature of 5.299°C, pressure of 2725KPa, flow rate of 320Kgmole/h and molecular weight of 30.37g/mole and propane was obtained from de-propanizer column at temperature of 46.49°C, pressure of 1585KPa and molecular weight of 43.91g/mole respectively.

Natural Gas Mixture, Light Ends, De-Methanizer, De-Ethanizer, De-Propanizer, Aspen Hysys

APA Style

Dagde Kekpugile Kenneth, Akpa Jackson Gonurubon, Adeloye Olalekan Michael, Nnanna Henry Douglas. (2022). Simulation of a Process Unit for the Recovery of Light Ends from Natural Gas Mixture. Bioprocess Engineering, 6(2), 27-33.

ACS Style

Dagde Kekpugile Kenneth; Akpa Jackson Gonurubon; Adeloye Olalekan Michael; Nnanna Henry Douglas. Simulation of a Process Unit for the Recovery of Light Ends from Natural Gas Mixture. Bioprocess Eng. 2022, 6(2), 27-33. doi: 10.11648/

AMA Style

Dagde Kekpugile Kenneth, Akpa Jackson Gonurubon, Adeloye Olalekan Michael, Nnanna Henry Douglas. Simulation of a Process Unit for the Recovery of Light Ends from Natural Gas Mixture. Bioprocess Eng. 2022;6(2):27-33. doi: 10.11648/

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